I read the reviews on this great resort and wonder if these people are staying at the same place we stay. Trip number 11 coming up on April 6. Last trip December 2011. 2 of 3 children married at this resort. The employees at the resort are amazing. Yes they do speak English. Maybe you should learn to speak some Spanish. Some of the reviews appear to be nothing more than a list of complaints rather than what was great. Like the weather, the scenery, the people, the surroundings etc. This is not Canada. Learn the customs and be respectful. Treat the Dominicans like you want to be treated - with respect. Take lots of photos and next time you visit then bring the photos with you. I have over 700 photos that I am taking back in April to give away. Get off the resort and visit the school, the Catholic Church, the mercados. Mingle with the locals. The comment that English speaking tourists are a minority is true. Over 90% of the tourists are from Europe. If this offends you then research before you go and go somewhere different or stay at home. Why would you go on vacation and look for things that are wrong or not the same as home. taking pictures of a water leak, or tiles missing from the pool or a burnt out light bulb - give me a break. I recently stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver and they had some of the same issues and it was $300 per night! We have met some wonderful tourists from all over the world at this resort. A charming German couple, Gunter and Ursula, have been there over 16 times and are coming back in April for the sole purpose of meeting our 3 1/2 year old grandson. Get to know the people and you will see how kind and warm hearted they are. from the gardeners, to the maids, to the bar tenders, to Senior Management. They are amazing people who we are proud to call family. Front desk staff like Fernelis, Jose Luis, Williams, bar staff like William, Janiel Rene, Patricia, El Bohio staff like Lusany, David, Carmen, Daisy etc are all worth getting to know. Don't complain that the resort is to big, take advantage of it. Walk, jog ride a bike, wait for the train but enjoy. Your on vacation take it slow. If your there in April look for us by the pool. We'll be the ones with the Canadian flag, Dominican flag and the German flag hanging from our table umbrella. Ask anyone about Senior Punta Canada or abuleo cuba libre and they will point yo in the right direction. Remeber that they cannot control the weather so don't blame them. The same goes for the ocean. They do not control the seaweed but definitely work hard at keeping the beach clean. They are not the ones dumping garbage, cigarette butts, plastic cups etc on the beach we are. Dominican time is relaxed time. Feel free to contact me about any questions you may have.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino enjoys a privileged, sea-front location on the renowned Playa Bavaro. The resort, located on a sprawling estate of lush tropical vegetation and a coconut plantation, is next to the Grand Palladium BÃ¡varo Resort & Spa, and the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa. The facilities of these adjoining resorts are open to guests of the Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Palace Hotel
- Grand Palladium Palace Punta Cana
- Palladium Punta Cana